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The early days of Phil Spector’s Wall Of Sound

The Crystals

Da Doo Ron Ron

Philles Records

Release Date: April 15th, 1963

Words by: Roland Ellis
March 17th, 1965

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Buzzing, volatile, electrified: all words that come to mind when listening to Phil Spector’s production output (particularly from the early-mid 60s).

There’s a sort of brinksmanship to the sound which gives off the feeling that things could slip over the edge and dissolve into a violent sonic hiss at any moment. Everything ran hot under Spector’s control—dials turned to eleven, layer-upon-layer of both instrumentation and vocals: the Spector ‘wall of sound’.

I guess it’s a strange connection to draw, but I always think of My Bloody Valentine’s 'Loveless' when I hear Spector recordings like this one. To be sure, the recordings are pretty much diametrically opposed when it comes to genre; but it’s hard to deny that both The Crystals and MBV sound like they are about to explode your speakers with equal parts melody and fuzz.

The early days of Phil Spector’s Wall Of Sound The Crystals - 1963

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